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Old 10-14-2006, 03:48 PM
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I love 'em all.

But if you go with a Formula, do yourself a favor and call Robert Nelems. He's the easiest guy in the world to deal with and a straight forward gentleman.

I bought my 382 from Robert. Great boat, great deal.

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Fred that is the best looking Formula I have ever seen do you still have it? not many around with the fairing, just don't unstand why. (old school thing I guess)
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:51 PM
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I don't think there is anyting particularly wrong with either but I would look at the smaller custom builders before buying an OFFSHORE boat. I don't know your budget or if you are flexible in size by but Cig, Active Thunder, Outerlimits, Nor-Tech are much nicer products in my openion.

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Fred that is the best looking Formula I have ever seen do you still have it? not many around with the fairing, just don't unstand why. (old school thing I guess)

No, I sold it to a fellow OSO'er, "plumbers crack".

I've had a lot of boats, but that was a particularly nice one.

By far my wifes favorite!

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sweeeet the fairing just makes the boat wish there were more of'em
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Old 10-14-2006, 04:17 PM
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Owned 2 Formulas....I'm willing to bet the 35 Fountain is the same size as your 292.
I'm willing to bet that if you had 2 equally powered boats, the Fountain would stomp the Formula every time. I'll even let you select the sizes maybe a 42 or 47 Fountain against your choice of Formula. Since you have an issue with size.

They are 2 very different boats. Either would make a great boat to own, make your own decision, you've got to live with it.
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Old 10-14-2006, 05:06 PM
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...I have always wanted a Fountain...

...but I still want the Fountain... What do you guys think ?? Thanks
I think you answered your own question in post #1
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Old 10-14-2006, 05:46 PM
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I think you answered your own question in post #1
You are right I probably did but I do thank everyone for there input
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sweeeet the fairing just makes the boat wish there were more of'em
My '99 382 Poker Run Special with the fairing:
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Both boats and companies are good and both have been in business for several years succesfully. Take the time to drive boat boats, this will determine which one is best suited for your application. We would be more than happy to take you out in a Fountain 35, 38, 42, 47 if you are ever in the Chicago area.
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Own a Fountain, have climbed all over many Formulas (Formulae?)

Formula is a nicer finished boat.
Fountain is more solid structurally.
Formula has a shollower cockpit, but lots more storage.
Fountain has a deep cockpit (feels much safer), but the seats are much lower quality, no comparison.
Fountain is faster, so more fuel efficient.
If engines are not staggered, neither one provides decent access to fix anything.Many more Fountains have staggered engines, and I'll never buy a twin engined powerboat without staggered engines again.
Both are very cramped below.
Formula seems to put better quality stuff in the boat.
Fountain seems to use plumbing from Home Depot.


But the quality of the hull design, and the lamination, of the Fountain is really, really exceptional.
The Fountain is more solid structurally? What are you basing that on?

Fountain has a deeper freeboard, but at 6'6" being in the driver's bolster of a 35' sitting or standing is, for me, like riding a tricycle.
I'll bet that bigger guys would generally choose the roomy feel of the Formula at the helm, the McCleod bolsters and electric footrests. As PB said "anyone can get comfortable in the Formula". Not so in the 35 Beaker...I've tried.

There is a fair bit of difference in cabin space and maneuverability! Due to the Formula carrying more hull depth and beam forward, and subtly moreso raised deck.

Formula does choose top quality vendors and hardware no doubt.

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